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Herman Cain: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Should 'Go Home And Get A Job And A Life'

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 10/28/11 12:40 PM ET Updated: 10/28/11 01:37 PM ET

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain shot down the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street protesters Thursday, telling them to "go home and get a job and a life" while speaking to a crowd in Arkansas.

The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza made the comments in response to more than a dozen Occupy protesters who were gathered outside the event, according to the Tolbert Report. "Nobody knows what their cause is," Cain said before telling the activists to go home.

Cain also had harsh words for the left in general during the campaign stop, saying "the American dream has been hijacked" by liberals, "but we can take it back."

This isn't the first time Cain has blasted the Occupy protests. In a Wall Street Journal interview from early October, Cain said the protesters who don't have jobs have no one to blame but themselves:

"I don't have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself! ... It is not a person's fault if they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed."

Cain -- who has often noted his own early days of poverty, saying "I was 'po' before I was 'poor'" -- now has an estimated net worth of somewhere between $2.9 million and $6.8 million, according to recently certified financial disclosure forms.

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Speaking to small crowd at a retirement community in Florida on Oct. 4, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney expressed an unsympathetic view of the Occupy Wall Street movement. "I think it's dangerous, this class warfare," he said. Romney declined to comment further when asked about the protests by ABC. His response? "I'm just trying to get myself to occupy the White House."

During a campaign stop in New Hampshire Oct. 10 Romney was a bit more sympathetic. "I worry about the 99 percent in America," he said, later adding, "I understand how those people feel."
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